Process Overview

The Towson University Institutional Review Board (IRB) follows a monthly deadline system for application submissions and reviews. Read further on for how the process works. 

 

Next Deadline: June 15th

All applications must use the NEW application forms. These submissions will follow the deadline and review process as outlined below. 

If you are submitting a request for Standard or Full Board review, you must submit all materials no later than the next deadline date. 

IRB Over the Summer

Applications will still be accepted and processed over the summer, but NO IRB meetings will take place during this time. This means any application requiring full board review will not be reviewed and discussed until the next IRB meeting, Friday August 17th.

Please also note that IRB reviewers are on break over the summer as well, and that although the IRB tries their best to follow the normal review timelines for accelerated and standard review, there may be a delay in receiving review comments/approvals.

A note to help get you started

The PI Manual 

A Principal investigator (PI) manual (PDF/DOCX) has been developed to help researchers navigate the IRB process and complete their application. The IRB strongly suggests that all researchers refer to this manual when preparing their proposals. Click on a topic within the Table of Contents to go directly to the section you wish to read. 

The IRB reviews all proposals for human subjects' research before the research is conducted to ensure that the research plan adequately protects human subjects.  

Steps to Submission, Review and Approval

  1. Determine if your research requires IRB review. Not all research requires review and approval from the IRB. Your research must meet the definition of Human Subjects Research. Visit the PI (principal investigator) manual for more information on this.
  2. Determine the next deadline date you must submit all materials by. (*See below for the most up-to-date information.)
  3. If you are a student investigator: find a faculty advisor who will oversee and help guide you through your research. You must have a faculty advisor in order for your study to be reviewed and approved.

  4. Complete CITI Human Subjects Training. Please note that all investigators who are directly involved with human subjects and data collection/analysis must complete training. Please be mindful of who is considered a co-investigator and is directly involved with human subjects and data collection/analysis.

    Applications will not move forward to review until certificates of completion have been received from ALL study personnel. 

  5. Determine if your research falls under accelerated, standard, or full board review. You will need to know which kind of review your research will fall under in order to submit the appropriate application form (Request for Accelerated Review or Request for Standard or Full Board Application). 

    Note: Handwritten applications WILL NOT be accepted. All applications must be typed for clarity. 

  6. Complete your application, attach all supporting documents, necessary signatures, CITI certificates, and either (1) submit electronically to  or (2) mail to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. 

NOTE: The IRB no longer accepts application drop-offs. All applications must be directly emailed or mailed. 

Deadlines

Each month has a deadline for when applications requesting standard or full board review must be submitted by in order to be reviewed and approved within a 2-3 week time-frame of the deadline date. This is to guarantee that you will hear back on the status of your application by a certain date (usually by the 2nd or 3rd Friday of the following month).

Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of the month. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be sent for review until the next deadline. 

NOTE: IRB meeting dates may be cancelled if no requests for Full Board review are received. 

2018 IRB MONTHLY SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES

Winter Break

The University will be CLOSED for Winter Break from December 22 - January 1. You may submit applications throughout the break; however, no reviews will take place during this time and there will be a delay in your submission to the committee until AFTER the break. 

Spring Semester

View or download the table below for the complete list of Spring application deadlines and IRB meeting dates. Applications requiring full board review will be reviewed by the committee during one of the meeting dates. 

NOTE: Applications received after January 5th will follow the new deadline system and must use the new application forms. 

Summer Break

Reviews will continue over the summer, but IRB meetings will be very limited, if any. The application deadlines for summer are as follows:

  • May 18
  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
Application Deadlines IRB Meeting Dates
Until January 5 - process as normal January 19 (Cancelled)
January 19* February 16 (Cancelled)
February 16 March 16
March 16 April 20
April 20 May 18 (Cancelled)
May 18 N/A
June 15 N/A
July 20 N/A
August 17 N/A

*Fall 2018 Schedule TBD

Note to early applicants

TU adheres to a strict deadline in order to promote fairness in review length timelines. Should you submit your application in advance of the next deadline, please note that your application will be processed, but will not be submitted for review to an IRB reviewer until that deadline date.